PHOTO CALL: Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg Star in The Revisionist
By Joseph Marzullo
21 Feb 2013
Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg co-star in the Rattlestick Plawrights Theater world premiere of The Revisionist, Eisenberg's new play that began Off-Broadway previews Feb. 15 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
In addition to Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy, The Year of Magical Thinking, Long Day's Journey Into Night) and Eisenberg ("The Social Network," "The Newsroom"), the cast features Daniel Oreskes (The Twenty-Seventh Man, Russian Transport).
Kip Fagan directs the production that officially opens Feb. 28 for a run through March 31. Last season Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
According to the Rattlestick, "In The Revisionist David (Eisenberg) arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria (Redgrave) welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that tests their ideas of what it means to be a family."
The Revisionist has scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Bart Fasbender and property design by Andrew Diaz.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.